I am deviating from my standard Posts here because “The Man in the Glass” (originally “The Guy in the Glass”), was not written by me, but rather by Dale Wimbrow in 1934.
It has become the most often quoted poem in A.A. programs, and was recently introduced to me by a friend who obviously knew me well enough to think that I would like it. Well she was a little wrong in that thinking. I have been exposed to many motivational speakers and read lots of poems in the same genre, but “The Man in the Glass” went beyond liking it. I totally loved it!
The version below (as used by A.A.) has some minor word changes in order to bring it up to date.
Thx Trae ( https://tripleclicka.wordpress.com ) for sharing.
“THE MAN IN THE GLASS”
When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you King for a day
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
And see what That man has to say.
For it isn’t your father, or mother, or wife
Whose judgment upon you must pass;
The fellow who’s verdict counts most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.
Some people may think you’re a straight talking chum
And call you a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum
If you can’t look him straight in the eye.
He’s the fellow to please, never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear up to the end.
You’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the man in the glass is your friend.
You may fool the whole world down the pathway of life,
And get pats on your back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.